Myanmar's many highlights offer a charismatic diversion for travellers. Free from the clutches of tomorrow’s technology, the unassuming nature of the locals captures the hearts of travellers, with plenty to entertain their hunger for adventure. Starting in the former capital, Yangon, this journey encompasses star attractions such as cities, unique activities, meeting locals, witnessing and experiencing a centuries-old culture. This tour offers a visit to the Golden Rock, village markets, local handlooms, an excursion to Mt Popa, and the ancient capital of Amrapura, cruise down the Ayeyarwaddy where you can visit the artist village of Mingun, Indein village and of course Asia’s best-preserved archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage site, Bagan, together with the tranquil scenery that surrounds Inle Lake.
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On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager at the arrival lounge who will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights in Yangon.
After brief introduction of the tour we start commences our city sightseeing tour with a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Later visit the city centre followed by a short walk to the Strand hotel, a relic of the colonial-era legacy which was opened in 1901 by the famed Sakies brothers; and photo stop at Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. Afternoon explore famous Bogyoke Market before sunset viewing at Botahtaung Pagoda and Jetty. If time permits, we will take a walk at Chinatown area, the bustling point of Yangon.
Today travel to Kyaikhtiyo; en-route stop in Htaukkyan to visit the final resting place for more than 27,000 Allied Soldiers who perished during the World War II. Arrive late afternoon at the base camp and board local transport followed by a short walk up the stairs which lead us to the top of the mountain. Visit Golden Rock; one of Myanmar’s main pilgrimage sites; a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. Overnight stay at Kyaikhtiyo.
Travel back to Yangon, en route stop in Bago the ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century and a town steeped in legend. Before continuing our travel we also visit the town market and a Mon neighbourhood where the locals once produced woven textiles. Arrive late evening and stay overnight at Yangon.
The morning we board the flight to Bagan, one of Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations and one out of two most pre-eminent religious old cities in South East Asia. Later visit Nyaung Oo local market, Wetkyiinn village to witness 13th-century‘ cave temple’ with fine frescoes and Anada Temple known to be masterpieces surviving and remaining in Bagan. Afternoon visit a lacquer ware factory followed by a visit to local village. Before the sundown, we would take a boat ride along the Ayeyarwaddy River to view the sunset and relax. Stay overnight at Bagan.
Today after breakfast we enjoy city sightseeing at Asia’s best kept archaeological destination. Explore the significant pagodas and temples dating back more than 1500 years of history. Some of the major attractions are Dhamayangyi Temple, Ngagayon Temple and Ngagayon Temple. After lunch we explore the local markets and the villages to understand the local life. By afternoon we climb up to one of the temple to experience the sunset over Bagan.
After breakfast travel to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano located in mid of a preserved forest. Its also home to Myanmar's most powerful "nats". While returning we stop at villages to watch the collection of juice from palm trees and its conversion into palm sugar. Lunch at local restaurant and rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the archaeological sites of Bagan by own pace.
Today we fly to Heho and travel to Pindaya. Visit the Pindaya caves – natural limestone caves not only with numerous stalactites and stalagmites but also filled with about 8000 various sizes of Buddha images believed to be there since the 11th century. Later travel to Inle en route stop and visit the traditional shan umbrella workshop. On arrival, we take a short boat ride through the lake to reach our hotel. Overnight in Inle.
Explore the beautiful Inle lake surrounded by Shan plateau and the life of inthar tribes. We will visit the regional market which held on a 5 days rotation basis in different areas of the lake. We will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda – famous for its richly gilded five small Buddha images; Ngaphechaung monastery (also known as jumping cat monastery) was built more than one and a half-century ago and features a number of interesting old Buddha Images. Other attractions include unique leg-rowing style and fishing method of the Inthar, floating gardens used as vegetable plantations, silk and cotton weaving cottages and blacksmith. Overnight at Inle.
Morning we will embark the boat to Indein village– a small village located at the south western bank of the lake and famous for its ruined clusters of pagodas. We will visit the local villages with an opportunity to talk to the villagers during the sightseeing. Lunch at local restaurant and by evening board the flight to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.
Today explore the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom with a visit to Mahamuni Buddha image - believed to be cast in bronze in front of Buddha himself and nowadays gilded with thick gold leaf. We will visit the workshops of gold leaf hammering, tapestry making, marble and wood carving and bronze casting. After Lunch drive to Amarapura, former Royal capital of Myanmar but the suburb of Mandalay nowadays. Conclude the day with a visit to U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teakwood bridge across the Taungthaman lake, an ideal place to enjoy the sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.
Today we take a short boat ride to reach Mingun. You will witness the local life along the river as you cruise through Ayeyarwaddy river. Upon reaching Mingun you will see an incomplete pagoda, Pathodawgyi, believed to be one of the largest brick base in the world and it would be one of the wonders of the world in case if it was completed. We will visit the Mingun Bell, said to be the world’s biggest un – cracked ringing bell and Myatheindan pagoda, represents for Buddhist cosmology. Return to Mandalay and after the lunch we visit the includes Mandalay Royal Palace– a well-planned palace located at the heart of today’s Mandalay city. Later we visit Kuthodaw Pagota to see the world largest book. Conclude the day with a visit to Mandalay hill, regarded as a natural watch tower in the plain region of Mandalay to view the sunset. Overnight at Mandalay.
• Accommodation in hotel with private facilities
• Private air-condition vehicle with driver for travel, transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary
• Services of local English speaking tour guide during the sightseeing / excursions
• Entrance fee to the monuments as per the Program (one visit per monument)
• Meals as specified
• Private boat transfer and tour in Inle
• Indein Village Excursion
• Mt. Popa Excursion
• Golden Rock visit in Kyaikhtiyo
• Domestic Airfares in Economy Class for Yangon – Bagan – Heho – Mandalay sectors
• Assistance on arrival & departure
• All current applicable taxes
Porterage at the Hotels / Airports / Railway Stations, International Airfares & Airport taxes and Visa fee, Early check-in or late checkout, Meals other than specified above, Tips & Gratuities, Travel & Medical Insurance, Camera and video permits, Expenses incurred due to flight/train cancellation or delay, Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, camera fees, mini bar, etc., any optional excursion or tour, any other. Myanmar Visa Fees & Myanmar Visa Service Fees.
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